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Social Media Tech Editor, The Wall Street Journal - CA

Dow Jones
San Francisco, CA
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Job Type
Full Time
Social Media, Technology

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Job Description:

The Wall Street Journal is looking for an accomplished and driven journalist to lead our coverage of the social media companies that are reshaping the way people interact and share information.

You will guide a group of talented reporters in revealing the business dynamics and societal reverberations of companies including Facebook-parent Meta Platforms, TikTok, and Twitter, at a time when these institutions are being buffeted by digital-advertising upheaval and growing regulatory scrutiny, not to mention Elon Musk's leap into the industry.

This is an opportunity to play a vital role in the Journal's San Francisco-based technology bureau, which has set the pace for reporting on social media in recent years with coverage including the award-winning Facebook Files series.

The role requires someone who can help reporters to thrive on a fast-paced, intense subject area and deliver the full range of journalism that readers need: exclusive news, incisive analysis, and the deeply reported and distinctive stories that illuminate how these companies and their leaders operate.

You will:

  • Guide your reporters to break news on some of the most scrutinized companies in the world.
  • Work with reporters to turn tips and hunches into smartly conceived and expertly reported stories.
  • Think creatively about how to tackle reporting challenges and engage audiences.
  • Work well with other editors in the bureau and throughout the newsroom, helping to optimize our coverage of social media and tech broadly depending on the demands of the day or the story.

You have:


  • Experience with sourcing and the ability to help reporters cultivate the networks they need to be effective.
  • Demonstrated acumen in conceiving and delivering sharp, revealing, agenda-setting stories on important issues.
  • The kind of keen news judgment that keeps us ahead of the pack.
  • Elite-level communication and organization skills and excellent writing ability.
  • The combination of ambition and empathy that will inspire reporters to get the best out of themselves while managing the pressures of high-profile beats.
  • A collegial approach to coordinating coverage and facilitating mutual help among reporters and editors

The position is based in San Francisco and will report to The Wall Street Journal's global tech editor.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and examples of stories written and/or edited along with information about each one that makes clear how it demonstrates your aptitude for this role. Please contact if you have questions.

The Journal's reporters, editors, developers, and audio and visual journalists create important and impactful stories, firmly rooted in fact and adhering to the highest ethical standards. We report without fear or bias, and we maintain a proper sense of perspective, detachment and objectivity in our reporting.


Pay Range: $50,000 - $180,000

We recognize that attracting the best talent is key to our strategy and success as a company. As a result, we aim for flexibility in structuring competitive compensation offers to ensure we are able to attract the best candidates. The quoted salary range represents our good faith estimate as to what our ideal candidates are likely to expect, and we tailor our offers within the range based on the selected candidate's experience, industry knowledge, location, technical and communication skills, and other factors that may prove relevant during the interview process.

Pay-for-performance is a key element in our strategy to attract, engage, and motivate talented people to do their best work. Similarly to salary, for bonus eligible roles, targets are set based on a variety of factors including competitive market practice.

For benefits eligible roles, in addition to cash compensation, the company provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package, with a variety of physical health, retirement and savings, caregiving, emotional wellbeing, transportation, and other benefits, including "elective" benefits employees may select to best fit the needs and personal situations of our diverse workforce.

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Business Area: NEWS/WSJ

Job Category: News/Editorial Group

Union Status:

Non-Union role

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Req ID: 35587



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